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Travel Etiquette Generally Means Not Sleeping on Strange Crotches

July 23, 2013 at 3:46 PM | by | ()

July is coming to close and what a month it's been for air travel. Aside from the airplane news of the Ethiopian 787 fire, the Southwest nose gear fail and who can forget Asiana 214, there's also been some incidents inside aircraft. Thankfully, the incidents of which we speak of mostly etiquette offenses, rather than anything illegal, but there's nightmares nonetheless.

First up is the above tweet and photo, from musician Gareth Emery. Just when you think everyone knows not to force feet into the personal space of other fliers, a pair of stinky soles shows up at your elbow. Notice how they've crept through the curtain separating Economy class to prop up on the armrests in Business.

Another offense comes onboard a Southwest flight, as a middle seat flier was so tired that she collapsed over onto the lap of her seatmate. There's a full video, complete with the below description, for your entertainment:

Here I was... Minding my own business on a flight home, when I ended up in an extremely awkward situation. This lady was totally out of it. As soon as she sat down, she started falling asleep, and it only got worse as the flight continued. I tried lifting her up, shaking her, and startling her, but it seemed like nothing was going to work. So, I thought it would be fun to get some of it on video, and then she finally moved... Only to find someone else for the last part of the flight. Ha! (I did try a LOT to wake her and move her off of me, but it was not working until the end. I did not get it all on film, but even if I did, that would have been boring and way too long. Also, I promise that none of this is staged. We are all 3 random people who had never met before.)

If one is to learn anything from these offenses, it's that making yourself comfortable to the detriment of other flyers is something that rarely goes unnoticed...or undocumented on social media.

[Image: Gareth Emery Video: Steve Cullum]

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